A grand day for climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass from Switzerland to Italy

(#04 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) This was a day I was both looking forward to and dreading all year. The road from Martigny to the top of the Grand Saint Bernard goes uphill almost the whole way for about 50 km. The longest climb I had tackled last year with Travoy was about 5 km long and about 300 m … Continue reading A grand day for climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass from Switzerland to Italy

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 1) – Col de la Traversette

It  was a year ago this week that newspapers around the world reported that the 2,200 year old mystery as to where Hannibal had crossed over the Alps may have been solved. The newspapers printed the results of an investigation by Professor Bill Mahaney of Toronto University and his team into samples of soil taken from the Col de la Traversette in France, which they claimed … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 1) – Col de la Traversette

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 2) – Col du Clapier / Mont Cenis

Much ink has been spilled over the last 2,000 years in numerous arguments between many historians over the precise route that Hannibal took across the Alps. There have apparently been over 1,000 books published about Hannibal and no two books include the exact same route. The audacity of Hannibal in marching his army of 50,000 men, 5,000 horses and 37 elephants across the Alps has … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 2) – Col du Clapier / Mont Cenis

Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 3) – Col du Petit Saint Bernard

In my opinion, the most convincing argument for where Hannibal crossed the Alps was published 120 years ago by the American historian, Theodore Ayrualt Dodge, who was convinced that Hannibal used the Petit Saint Bernard pass. Dodge was an American general who fought in the Union army at the Battle of Gettysberg in the American Civil War. After retiring from the army, he devoted his … Continue reading Where did Hannibal cross the Alps (Part 3) – Col du Petit Saint Bernard

Tour de Brexit – Britain says See EU Later as May signs Article 50 letter and triggers Brexit

On the very day that Brexit is finally triggered by Theresa May,  I thought it appropriate to write a little about how Brexit impacted the 2016 Tour de Travoy.  In years to come, 2016 will be remembered across Europe for the Brexit referendum result and it certainly played it’s part during my tour last year. The referendum result was announced the same day I climbed … Continue reading Tour de Brexit – Britain says See EU Later as May signs Article 50 letter and triggers Brexit

2016-06-27 (Day 11) La Thuile – Bourg St Maurice

Today’s photo shows Travoy parked up alongside a St Bernard Dog statue opposite a souvenir shop at the top of the Petit St. Bernard. At 2188m, the Petit St Bernard climb is 400m lower than the Grand St Bernard that I had climbed 3 days previously but there were much more shops and restaurants at the top of this climb so I was able to … Continue reading 2016-06-27 (Day 11) La Thuile – Bourg St Maurice

2016-06-25 (Day 09) Etroubles – Arvier

Today’s photo shows the Grand St Bernard mountain which I had crossed the day before. You can just about make out the road on which I had traveled down the climb on the previous evening. It had taken me about an hour to descend to Etroubles from the Grand St Bernard Pass and it would take me another hour just to descend the rest of the … Continue reading 2016-06-25 (Day 09) Etroubles – Arvier

2016-06-24 (Day 08) Martigny – Etroubles

Today was a day I was both looking forward to and dreading all year. The road from Martigny to the top of the Grand Saint Bernard goes uphill almost the whole way for about 50 km. The longest climb I had tackled last year with Travoy was about 5 km long and about 300 m of climbing. The Grand St Bernard from Martigny involves over … Continue reading 2016-06-24 (Day 08) Martigny – Etroubles